Aboriginal students travel to Canberra to learn about economic and social policy

27th Feb 2019

In January ten Aboriginal secondary students from around Australia who are enrolled in the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation’s Follow The Dream program flew to Canberra for a specially designed Economic and Social Policy Summit.

The summit looked at Treasury’s role in policy and how the Department supports the government to make decisions that affect the government's budget, which then flows onto impacting the lives of everyone living in Australia. The event also looked to provide opportunities for those who want to work in social studies, economics and within government.

The summit is the first step in a partnership between the Treasury and The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation which will look to provide career pathways in Treasury and the wider public service for Aboriginal people.

CAAMA's Philippe Perez spoke to one of those Aboriginal students, Matthew Harris (pictured, left) who is enrolled in the Sevenoaks Follow The Dream program, which is co-managed by the Foundation and the WA Department of Education, and partnered by BHP.

Picture credit: The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation